Manage weeds naturally
Prevent weeds with compost and mulch.
Compost improves soil. Add it on top or mix it in. Good soil grows healthy, vigorous plants. Healthy plants crowd out weeds. Weeds are easier to pull in healthy soil.
Use mulch. A thick layer of mulch is your best defense against weeds. Keep a few inches of bare space around stems and crowns of plants to prevent diseases. Mulch helps cover weed seeds, preventing them from germinating.
Grow a healthy lawn. Sunlight and healthy soil are important for healthy grass. A thick, vigorous stand of turf will shade out most weeds.
See Natural lawn care for tips to grow a great lawn!
Allow a few weeds in your lawn. Many "weeds" like clover or daisies improve the soil and add interest.
Grow a multilayered garden. A variety of plants will shade the ground in garden beds. Without sun fewer weeds will sprout, and any that do will be less noticeable.
Use mulch in garden beds. A thick layer of mulch is your best defense against weeds. Mulch keeps weed seeds from germinating by blocking light. Keep a few inches of bare space around stems and crowns of plants to prevent diseases.
Use weeding tools. Tools are safer than herbicides. Hand weeding doesn’t harm other plantings. Tools won’t poison you or pollute rivers and streams.
Use heat to manage weeds. Heat is especially useful on patios and paths. Boiling water will kill many young weeds. Check with local experts about safe use of heat for killing weeds.
Weed and feed is a pesticide!
Weed and feed contains weed-killing chemicals along with fertilizer. Spreading it over the whole lawn wastes money and risks harming people, pets, wildlife, groundwater and local rivers and streams.
Using non-toxic methods can reduce the number of weeds in your lawn and garden. If you choose to use pesticides, pick a safer product using the brand-name product rankings in the
Grow Smart, Grow Safe product tables
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